After two rounds, PKR-DAP-PAS has yet to reach a consensus on Sarawak parliamentary seats

After two rounds of talks, the PKR-DAP-PAS opposition pact has yet to reach a consensus on the allocation of the parliamentary seats each of the parties will contest in Sarawak in the next general election, according to party insiders.

They attribute the problem mainly to disagreement between DAP and PKR on the number of seats each of the parties want to contest as there are “overlapping” claims on some seats.

PAS has no overlapping claims on seats with the DAP, but the Islamic party has such claims with PKR on a few seats, they said.

Sarawak DAP Chairman Wong Ho Leng, when contacted, played down the failure to reach consensus, saying there would be more negotiations before the final decision was made.

“No consensus, but it is not problematic. There are a few overlapping (claims on) seats. Sarawak PKR said they will leave it to the ‘pusat’ (party’s central leadership) to negotiate with us,” he said.

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian, when contacted, expressed confidence that the seat allocation could be resolved before the general election as the negotiations between PKR and DAP were easier now as compared to the talks on seat allocation for the Sarawak state election held in April this year.

He declined to comment, however, on whether the matter would be referred to the party’s national leadership for a solution.

The DAP and PKR had initially failed to reach a consensus on the number of seats to contest in the run-up to the state election. The matter was only resolved after the PKR national leadership allowed its state leadership to negotiate directly with the DAP state leadership.

Even then, they could not avoid multi-cornered fights which saw the involvement also of the opposition Sarawak National Party (SNAP).

It is learnt that the DAP and PKR are eyeing between 12 and 15 seats each out of the 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak.

PAS is expected to contest two or three seats in the predominantly Malay areas. — BERNAMA

Najib Razak is later by a day

JAMESJG.COM predicts that GE13 will be on 10 September 2011. Maybe our YAB Prime Minister wants it after Aidil Adha. Polling on 10th and sworn-in as the Prime Minister on 11th.. just a prediction!

KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 (Bernama) -– Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak keeps the guessing game alive over the date for the coming 13th general election, saying in jest that it could fall on a day or month containing his favourite number — the number 11.

Najib, who is Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said the number reflected important dates in his life, prompting many to speculate that the election might be called on Nov 11 this year, which translates into the date 11.11.11.

The prime minister was speaking in a one-hour special appearance at the Hot FM radio station at Sri Pentas, here.

When met by reporters after the programme, Najib said the date came from those whose “favourite pass time” was speculating about the election date.

“I think it’s good to let this guessing game continue,” he said.

The prime minister, however, stressed on the need for the BN to keep the momentum going in implementing what had been set out under the Government Transformation Programme.

“The election can be held anytime, not necessarily in the month of November or on the 11th day of any month.

“This is a process; as long as the signal has not been sounded, we should continue to work,” he said.

When asked whether the date was a highly probable date to hold an election, Najib said, “The date resonates with my life, but whether the election will be held on that date, God knows.”

Earlier during the programme, Najib revealed for the first time the significance of the number 11, saying it relates to several important events in his life.

His father, the late Tun Razak Hussein, he said, was born on March 11, 1922, while his mother Tun Rahah Noah was born on June 11, 1933.

His first son’s birthday falls on the 11th and Umno was formed on May 11, 1946, Najib said.

Najib was also the 11th Menteri Besar of Pahang, holding the post between 1982 and 1986, and he is also the 11th Orang Kaya Indera Shah Bandar.

His official car bears the plate number 11.

Tiada lagi pilihan raya kecil selepas ini, bubarkan sahaja!

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 April (Bernama) — Pilihan raya kecil bagi kerusi Parlimen tidak perlu diadakan selepas esok memandangkan penggal Parlimen ke-12 ini telah mencapai tempoh mandat tiga tahunnya, kata Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

“Selepas tarikh itu, sekiranya berlaku kekosongan kerusi yang disebabkan oleh kematian atau penyandangnya hilang kelayakan, maka PRK (pilihan raya kecil) tidak perlu diadakan,” katanya kepada Bernama hari ini.

Beliau berkata perkara itu adalah sejajar dengan Artikel 54(1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang memperuntukkan bahawa suatu PRK hanya perlu diadakan dalam tempoh tiga tahun sebelum tamat sesi Parlimen sepertimana yang termaktub di dalam undang-undang.

Tarikh 28 April ialah hari pertama Dewan Rakyat bersidang selepas pilihan raya umum ke-12 pada 2008. Mandat kerajaan sekarang akan berakhir pada April 2013.

Abdul Aziz bagaimanapun berkata tempoh akhir bagi mengadakan PRK untuk kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) adalah berbeza, bergantung kepada tarikh kali pertama DUN berkenaan bersidang selepas pilihan raya umum lepas.

“Sepertimana Parlimen, PRK juga tidak boleh lagi diadakan bagi DUN dalam tempoh dua tahun sebelum mandat yang diberikan kepada kerajaan berakhir, kecuali ada keperluan khas” katanya.

Keperluan khas itu termasuklah jika berlaku situasi di mana kerajaan pusat atau negeri tidak lagi mempunyai majoriti di dalam Dewan Rakyat atau DUN, menyebabkan kerajaan sedia ada hilang kelayakan untuk memerintah negara atau negeri.

“Jika speaker memaklumkan kepada SPR situasi di mana kerajaan sedia ada tidak boleh lagi membentuk kerajaan kerana hilang majoriti dalam dewan, PRK boleh diadakan.

“Tetapi setakat ini situasi ini tidak pernah berlaku. Walaupun di Dewan Rakyat kerajaan tidak mempunyai majoriti dua pertiga, tetapi masih mempunyai majoriti kukuh untuk membentuk kerajaan,” katanya.

Selepas pilihan raya umum ke-12 pada 2008, sebanyak 16 PRK telah dijalankan, iaitu enam bagi kerusi Parlimen dan 10 kerusi DUN, membabitkan kos lebih RM11 juta.

Perincian perbelanjaan bagi setiap pilihan raya kecil ialah:

  • Permatang Pauh (RM409,000)
  • Kuala Terengganu (RM325,416)
  • Bukit Gantang (RM460,971)
  • Bukit Selambau (RM318,000)
  • Batang Ai (RM391,700)
  • Penanti (RM514,600)
  • Manik Urai (RM548,003)
  • Permatang Pasir (RM461,367.93)
  • Bagan Pinang (RM449,485)
  • Hulu Selangor (RM1.2 juta)
  • Sibu (RM1 juta)
  • Batu Sapi (RM1.290 juta)
  • Galas (RM1.047 juta)
  • Tenang (RM1.1 juta)
  • Merlimau (RM755,000) dan
  • Kerdau (RM915,000)

Ditanya persediaan SPR untuk menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-13, Abdul Aziz berkata badan itu belum bersedia sepenuhnya sekiranya pilihan raya umum diadakan dalam masa terdekat ini.

“Pilihan raya umum ini perkara serius, banyak benda yang perlu kita sediakan, kita harap tidaklah diadakan secara mengejut-mengejut.

“Kita perlukan masa. Pilihan raya umum bukan perkara main-main, ia perkara serius dan banyak yang perlu kita lakukan,” katanya tanpa menjelaskan maksud ‘masa terdekat’.

Bagaimanapun beliau meminta masyarakat umum tidak membuat sebarang spekulasi mengenai tarikh pilihan raya umum memandangkan kerajaan masih mempunyai banyak masa sebelum tempoh mandatnya berakhir.

“Kerajaan sekarang ada tempoh dua tahun lagi sebelum mandat berakhir pada April 2013, biarlah kerajaan sekarang mentadbir negara, mereka ada lima tahun,” katanya. — BERNAMA